Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maria Kalman

Reviewed by Miss Dewey at Orenda

FOUR paw prints. In 1931, New York City was growing and needed more and more fireboats to help put out fires from the river. The most famous of these fireboats was the John J. Harvey fireboat which was named after a famous New York City firefighter. The John J. Harvey was used for years and years but by 1995 it was no longer needed and it was left to rust. A group of friends, who just happened to like boats, decided to buy the Harvey to fix her up and give rides, but no one thought to check to see if the fire hoses still worked because no one needed them. But on September 11, 2001 everything changed. There was a huge fire near the river in New York City and the friends who owned the Harvey were asked to make the fire hoses work. They did and the friends of the Harvey and the Harvey itself became heroes. So why include this book for elementary students? Many elementary students were babies or weren’t even born when these events happened. This book is a good introduction to the events of that day without getting into the politics over why it happened.
974.7 Kal

152 comments:

Jeonna said...

I have this book at home and it is great.

Maddy Z tesago said...

This book had a great pictures and its kid appropryet.

Nathanial I-5B said...

My favorite part of this book was when the Harvy saved the day.

Erica H--5B said...

My faorite part of this story was when the fire boat get back in to the water and be a fire boat agin.

Travis D--5B said...

What I liked most in this book is the setting and the John J. Harvey.

Josh D--5B said...

I liked the pictures in this book. They were exciting pictures.

Meghan D--5B said...

I liked when the Harvey was brought back to life when the workers painted her bright red and fixed her up.

Patrick O.-5B said...

The part I liked most was when the Fireboat got rescued.

Ben M_-5b said...

What i liked the best was that this book Fireboat was real action packed from the begging to the end.

Lisa M--5B said...

I like how the Fireboat put out the fire of the twin towers.

Dylan M-5b said...

what I licked most about this book is when they rescued the fireboat.

Liza K-5B said...

I liked the part when everyone saved the John J Harvey, I also liked when the John J Harvey saved the people in 9/11.

Marko K-5B said...

I liked the book all around ,but if I had to choose I would pick thstory line in what happened in 9/11.

Kevin S.--5B said...

I like when the fireboat helped the twin tower fire the most.

Juliana S.--5B said...

The part I liked most about this book was when the John J. Harvey[The Fireboat] firefighted the twin towers.

Madeline S--5B said...

I liked the part when they put the John J. Harvey (aka fireboat) back into the water. Also I liked when the fireboat put the twin tower fire out. It was really exciting to see the fireboat back in the water putting out the fire.

Ty R--B5 said...

I like when the John J.Harvy is rescued. They realy help the ship work.

Jake.P--5B said...

I like most about the book is when the people had a diner and resce the Fireboat.A realy liked that part becuse I wanted to see it in use.

Sarah O.--5B said...

I liked the part in the book where the John J. Harvey saved the city from when the twin towers were falling down and there was a big fire all around.I also liked when the group of people rescued the fire boat.I loved this story!

Harrison S--5B said...

What i liked about this story is that the fire boat got saved from going into scrap metal.What else i like about this story is that it took a big part at 9/11. It is a fantastic story.

Piper S.--5B said...

What I liked the most about this book was when the Jhon J. Harvey went back in the water and saved people from the fire. This book is great,I highly reccommend this book.

Megan E--5B said...

I liked how the friends were nice enough to adopt the fireboat. They also got the boat all clean to put back in the water.They replaced the engine with brass and brass doesn't rust.

Brady VE.--5B said...

I liked when The John J. Harvey helped th Twin Towers.

Emma V.--5B said...

I liked this book because it helped save many people when the twin towers fell down, and it didn't just go to waste someone bought it.

Olivia W.--5B said...

What I liked most about the book was is when the Harvey saved the people in the twin towers when they fell down.

Mitchel C--5B said...

I liked when it helped fight the fire in 2001.

Zach B.--B said...

Wat I liked about this book was that many lives had been saved.

Marc C.--4P said...

My favorite part of this book was when the fireboat helped fight the fire at the Twin Towers.

Evelyn Z.--4P said...

I didn't like this book because I like fiction books a lot better.

Jolene P--4P said...

My favorite part of the book was when the Harvey had a big celebration.

Morgan R said...

I did not like it because there were too many not needed details.

Jason .H said...

my favorite part of this book was wen the harvy stoped the fire of the twin towers.

billy b.-4p said...

My favorite part of this book was when the harvey had to go out and and help put out the twin towers fire!

Sam r said...

What i didnt like is i like storys with way more action.

Jason.H--4P said...

my favorite part was wen the harvy stoped the fire.

Ethan T. --4P said...

My favorite part of this book was when da boat put out all the fires.

Megan K--4P said...

My favorite part of this book was when the boat was getting cleaned for use.

Haley M. 4p said...

My favorite part of this book was when it showed the inside of the boat.

Shruti 4P said...

My favorite part of this book was when all the people on the boat helped put the fire out.

Jordan F-4p said...

I did not like this book because I usally dont like books about boats and to me this was interesting to me.

Cassidy P 4P said...

I did not like this book becuse the tiwn towers fell end many people died even know lots of people were saved i wish i culd get the book for my birthday i loved the book.

Mackenzie w.--4P said...

My favorite part of this book is when the Twin Towers fell down and the fire boat saved it.

Cole R.-- said...

I did not like fireboat because we have firefighters.

Lauren--k 4P said...

I don't like hearing that there is a fire and I like the twin towers

Sarah B.--5Co said...

I like how the Harvey put out the fire of the Twin Towers.

Joe s--5co said...

what i liked most about this book is when the harvey took out the fire of the 9/11 attacks

Tyler.U--5co said...

I love the part when they saved 9\11.

Hannah.m 5co said...

I like that the harvey took the people some where else and saved them from the fire.

Ryan K. said...

What I liked most about this book was the fire boat.

Jack.M5co said...

I liked when the fire boat fought 911

Danny B-5co said...

My favorite part of the book is when the Twin Towers fell and when the John J. Harvey helped put out the fire.

Julianna M. said...

My favorite part about the story Fireboat is when the boat got fixed and put out fires for 9/11.

Mia Compton 5co said...

i liked the harvey because it helped a lot of people, and put out the fire of the twin tower attack.

Sebastian U.--4We said...

I didn't like this book because it was not a longer story.

lauren P.--4WE said...

My favorite part of this book was when the boat help put out the fire of 9/11.

Bryan W said...

I didn`t like this book because i`ve outgrew my firefighter phase. -4We

Tiffany P.-- 4W said...

My favorite part of this book was when the Jhon J. Harvy was called to shoot water on the World Trade Center.

michael D.4we said...

My favorite part of this book is when the Fireboat got fixed

Peter H-------4We said...

I didn't like this book because it was sad, and thousands died, and I'm not into fire boats.

Olivia B--4We said...

My favorite part of this book when the harvey came out of retirement.

Lara F.--4we said...

I like the book Frie Boat because
the piture of the Harvy on the 4 of July was pretty.Also to many people the Harvy is a hero and also to me.Thankyou Harvy for helping that tragic day.

Grace C.-4We said...

My favorite part was when the Fire Boat put out the fire.

lauren h--4We said...

my favorite part is when harve got out of a fire in nyc.

JacobD 4-P said...

My favorite part of this book was when the fireboat put out the fire on the twin towers

Emily D 4P said...

my favorite part of this book was whenthe fireboat put out the fireboat putout the fire on the twintowers

aeron 4P said...

my favorite part of this book is
when they put out the fire.

Bella G - 5CO said...

i like how the fire boat helped save the fires of 9/11 and how it made a comeback in going back in the water.

Brendan F. 5Co said...

I like how it fought fires on 9/11.

Grace P 5co said...

I liked when the fireboat saved people in 9/11 also when the fireboat helped the people.

Austin L. 5CO said...

I liked when they put out the fire and saved peoples lives in 9/11.

Meghana C 5Co said...

I liked the book Fireboat because it saved many people's lives and helped many others in 9/11.

Carissa C.--5CO said...

I like the fireboat because it is old and puts out fires. It is also very tough, holding together all these years.

AmandaG-5Co said...

I raelly loiked the fireboat it is a really good book. I love how it helped the peaple get away from the fire. that proves that no matter how old it gets it will always be a fighter and ready to help when we need it.

Evan c. 5co said...

I like when the Fireboat saved people from the twin towers

jacob m.5co said...

I like the part where the boat puts out the fire

tyler P.--5CO said...

becuse it saved pepols lives from 9/11

Chloe B --5Co said...

I like how the Harvey was retired and went back into action.

lizzy morgan said...

i liked the part when the fire boot came back to life and took out hafe of the building in 9/11

alexis joe 5o said...

I liked that it got fixed and got to be used to but out the fire of
nine eleven.Also was used as a role model. To many people that if you have something old of out driven just with a .little help you can make it work.Also it was a happy day for all of it;s workers.Iam very happy that it gotto be used and I am sure other people are very happy to that it got to be used.maby some are but some people arn,tvery happy that it got used .but I am

Mike J.--4We said...

I didn't like this book because I really don't like books about boats.

YvesS.-- 4W said...

My favorite part of this book was when the fireboat came and put out the fire.

drew w--4we said...

I liked this book because it had a lot of acting in it.my favorite part was when the harvey faught the giant fire of the twin towers!

James S--4We said...

I like this book beause i love fireboats

Clare D--4We said...

My favorite part of this book was when the Harvey became a hero agian.

June.T.--4We said...

My favorite part of this book was when the John.J.Harvy came out of retirement to fight the 9/11 fire.

Chris S4we said...

It was not intresing to me so i don't like it.

Brian J-- 4we said...

I licked it becusc it was aubty 911
and it was one of my favorite becusc aubty histrey and tast way
I like it.

Kira L 4w said...

My favorite Part Of this Book Was When the fireBoat take Out fire.

Nick S.--5S said...

I liked when the Fireboat came out of retirement.

Cindy P. -5S said...

My favorite part is when the Fireboat put out the fire at the September 11, 2011 events when the twin towers fell

Noah S... 5s said...

I liked when the fireboat came out retirement.

lukas S--5S said...

my favorite part of the fire boat is the part wher the fire gets ceased.

Cameron B-5S said...

I liked the part where the John J Harvey helped fight the fire on the oceanliner Normady.

Vera H. said...

The part I liked the most about this book was hearing when the snickers bar came in stores.

kendra T-5s said...

The part I liked about the Fireboat is when the boat came out of ritirement and helped when the twin towers colided.

jonathan.t--5s said...

My favorite part about Fireboat is that some frinds got together and toke The fireboataout of retiermet and fixed the Fireboat.

Erik W-5S said...

The part I liked in this book is when FireBoat and her crew took on the ocean liner Normandy.

Sky-5S said...

The thing I liked most about this book is that the author put so much detail in it and the book also has alot of history in it.

Shauna-5S said...

My favorite part in this book is when the Fireboat worked 4 days and nights fighting the fire from the colapasing of the Twin Towers it was awesome!

cassieS-5S said...

I liked when those people fixed the fireboat.

Falon C. said...

I liked the part when the city was on fire and the Fireboat saved the city.

Hannah--5S said...

My favorite part of the story was when everyone got the fire boat painted again and got back in the water.

katherine h.- 5S said...

What i like most about this book is the Fire bout came out of reatirement.

DestinyP.-5S said...

The part of the book that I liked the most was when the John J. Harey came out of retirement and put out the fire of thetwin towerrs

kyle.G-5s said...

when the boat saved all the pepole from the smoke and dust

Matias R.--5J said...

THe book had action and adventure which went well together.

Isabel R.- 5J said...

I liked the way that the people who owned the boat came to help out at a time of panic.

DevinC-5J said...

I liked how the fire boat would save people.

Nick C-5J said...

The book was great! It made me feel like i was there.

Madeline-5J said...

What I liked most about the book was when the people bought the boat and thought they were just going to hve fun on it until 9/11.

Fahid I.-5J said...

I liked it when the people had bought the boat and started to have fun on the Harvy.

joseph wilson - 5j said...

I like this story because i learned lot's of facts in the story.

Lizzy B -5j said...

what i liked most about the book was the pictures, acton words and that it was a true story.

Emily W.--5J said...

The part I liked best about the book was when the Jhon J. Harvey fought the fire on the Twin Towers.

QuintenD.-5J said...

I liked that a bunch of random people saved many lives in this book.

TylerL.-5j said...

I liked it when the Jhon J Harve fought the fire of the twin towers

Dylan C-5J said...

Personaly i didn't like, but you might like it.

Madeleine F.-5J said...

It's an action-packed,well written, authentic non fiction over all great book.

Casey Y.--5J said...

I like that the book , Fire Boat, is about a very important part of our history annd a day for ,us, Americans. Also, the big acomplishment for the Harvey and John J. Harvey and his crew.

Andrew C.--5J said...

This is an amazing book, it had one of the best plots ever. I loved the Harvey.

Alexandra O.--5J said...

I like the pictures, the illistrator is wonderful. The author must of had to do a lot of looking up to find all of this information and then have to write it all. Anyway I love it. :D

Michelle C.-5J said...

My favorite thing about the book was when the Harvy saved all the people that was a great inspiration for me, know i want to be a firefighter, I believe that it is my job to help out America

Cameron G. said...

This book is a fun read because it is a non-fiction and has cool illustrations.

Max H.--5J said...

I liked how it told you that the fireboat was avalibale
to see and it told you what happend after.

Lucas A. 5J said...

I liked when the people on the fireboat kept shooting water into the air after they got it repaired

Izzy D. 5J said...

I liked this book because it is very inspirational, and I liked when the Harvey put out the fire when the Twin Towers fell.

Allison D 5J said...

What I like the most about this book was how the author talked about the harvy and the twin towers.

coralie c. 5J said...

What I like about this book is the characters and the pictures. I admire the book about the harvey!

Michaela T. 5J said...

I liked most about this book is that it's a historical book and has beautiful pictures.

Caseyl 5J said...

The part i like in Fire Bout is when the little fire bout saves the people.Now I think firefires are amazing!

Beni N 5Cr said...

I liked this book because it told about a boat that put out fires.

Allie N 5Cr said...

I liked this book because it had a happy ending and the boat is still veiwable today.

Priyanka T 5Cr said...

My favorite part in Fireboat is the setting. It shows how it looked when the fireboat was putting out the fire.

Priyanka T 5Cr said...

My favorite part in Fireboat is the setting. It shows how it looked when the fireboat was putting out the fire.

Mariah L 5Cr said...

My favorite part in Fireboat was when they cleaned the Fireboat and the Fireboat helped put out the fire.

Patrick V 5Cr said...

I thought the book Fire Boat was extraordaniry . It was about a old little fire boat who sprays water on the twin towers when they crashed. It was a great book.

Ruby T said...

I liked this book because it talked about and remembered 9/11. I also liked this book because it talked about history.

Jacob F 5Cr said...

I liked this book because the people wanted to preserve the boat and help their community. It was great that they helped out on 9/11 and probably saved lives, and all because that group of people decided to refurnish the boat.

Elizabeth A 5Cr said...

I liked the part when the Fireboat
hooked up its hoses to the fire
exstinguisher to stop the fire of
9/11.

Nick K 5CR said...

My favorite part of this story was at the end when the world trade center was on fire and the John J. Harvey attempted to put it out

Jack D. 5CR said...

I like this book because it has a very interesting story to it. My favorite part is when the fire boat gets restored. Over all I really like this book, and i think everyone should read it.

alyssa h said...

The thing I liked the most about this book was the history.

Gavin S 5cr said...

I liked how the fire boat helped put out the fire on 9-11-01

Sarah S. said...

I liked the part when the boat squrted out the water from the hoses.

Maliha M 5cr said...

I enjoyed the book Fireboat because it was inspirational.The John J. Harvey had helped put out an enormous fire and saved lives.Even though it was not in useage at the time the explosion was put out with the help of the Fireboat.This was a great way to show how working together will always get the job done.

logan o said...

my favroit thing was when havy saved the day

katie m 5Cr said...

I liked this book because the people wanted to help find people in the twin towers . I think it was amazing because you really need to brave to go in a fire to save people.

Andrew D5Cr said...

I like the part when frie boat pumps out the water to the frie truck.

Joe A Cr said...

The book Fire Boat was a geat because. A old real boat that is in N.Y.C how saved people life.

Cate C said...

I liked this book becuse it is a about about that helped put out the fire when the twin towers fell.

summer d said...

I likt the part when the bote started werking agen.

Emily M 5 cr said...

I liked when they fixed up the fire boat and, it's cool that they sometimes use it.